“’A fortnight after he visited Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal is all set to make headlines again as AAP is holding parallel celebrations to mark the birth anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram. Kejriwal will pay a visit to Kanshi Ram’s ancestral village and party is desperately trying to rope in his sister.”
Punjab has the highest Dalit vote share in the country constituting 32% of the electorate in the state. Dalit votes could play a major role in deciding the fate of political parties and Kejriwal would go to any extent to woo dalit voters. In his last visit, Kejriwal announced that his party would focus on Doaba region, which boasts of crucial over 40% dalit votes. It is pertinent to mention here that Kejriwal who was committed to end divisive politics on the basis caste, creed and religion, now ahead of Punjab polls, is desperate to score political points by hailing Kanshi Ram who is considered the crusader of dalit cause.
Tug of war over Kanshi Ram’s family
Kanshi Ram was born in Ropar district of Punjab and hailing from ‘Ramdasiya’ community, he rose to the level of laying the foundation of Bahujan Samaj Party. BSP later became the political party representing the voice of downtrodden dalit community in the country especially in North India. Mayawati succeeded Kanshi Ram and currently she is heading the party.
After Kanshi Ram’s demise, BSP has been celebrating his birth anniversary at his birthplace. Falling on March 15, this year a murky battle has emerged between BSP and AAP. In order to grab limelight and woo dalit votes, AAP is desperate to highjack the celebrations to mark Kanshi Ram’s birth anniversary. They are not leaving any stone unturned to catch hold of Kanshi Ram’s sister. All state leaders are desperately trying to ensure her presence at the AAP’s official function.
Arvind Kejriwal’s promises of clean and alternate politics proved to be a mere lip service and it is also now clear that in the absence of any clearly defined ideology Aam Aadmi Party can stoop low to any extent to score political points.